Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Workshop with Mina Witteman

Date(s) - 11/08/2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

VHS Ludwigsburg
Mathildenstraße 21/1 - Ludwigsburg, 71638


The Lost Plot – A Writers’ Workshop

You have been working on your project for months, years even. Your characters shine and sparkle. Your voice is strong. Your writing is tweaked and polished to brilliance. Yet, when you read through your project, you feel something’s amiss. And then fear creeps up your spine when you realize what’s wrong: you lost your plot!

From the gentlest picture book to edgiest young adult novel, every story needs a plot. A strong plot is the foundation of your story and, like a building without a sturdy base, your story will rattle and shake at the first wind that blows through. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore plot. Your plot! Through readings and writing exercises, we will find out what plot is all about and how to fix a story when its plot has gone AWOL.

Mina will offer a limited number of manuscript consultations. Submission deadline is September 27. Submission details: 10 pages max, double-spaced, font size Times New Roman 12, one-inch margins on all sides. Add a one-page synopsis.

Mina Witteman is a Dutch published author, writing in English and Dutch, with three books and forty short stories out in the Netherlands. Forthcoming publications include Mia’s Nest, a Dutch Little Golden Book (October 2014) and a three-book adventurous middle grade series (spring 2015). Regional Advisor for the SCBWI the Netherlands and chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild, Mina is also a seasoned freelance editor, a certified creative writing teacher, and a mentor for budding writers.



SCBWI Member – 30€

Non-Member – 40€

Manuscript Critique – 30€

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